Fat & Fabulous – Powder Skis Test 2017

The guides at Mike Wiegele’s were happy to ride these plus-sized beauties. I spent 14 glorious years as a heli-guide in the most majestic ski terrain on the planet at Mike Wiegele’s in Blue River, B.C., home once again to the Ski Canada Powder Test. And over the course of those years I’ve seen plenty … More »

Big Mountain Test 2016

LIKE THE NAME SAYS—AND BEYOND If you talk about the progression of skiing in the past 15 years, it’s impossible not to include Vancouver-born Shane McConkey’s name in the conversation. The appropriately titled documentary of his life, McConkey, should be required viewing for all skiers. His is the story of a true pioneer, someone who, … More »

Ski Canada Test 2016 intro

photo: ADAM STEIN * tester: Christian Armstrong  Part 1   Big Mountain  *  Expert All-Mountain  *  Slalom  *  On-Piste Cruisers  *  Easy Cruisers  *  Powder WRITTEN BY D’ARCY SEGO AND RON BETTS PHOTOGRAPHY BY ADAM STEIN TEST PIT CO-ORDINATION BY JOE GRIERSON It was pretty much a home run to Sun Peaks last February for the Ski … More »

Test 2015 – Big Mountain

LIKE THE NAME SAYS—AND BEYOND We’re all just a bunch of snow-hungry frothers—winter junkies who watch weather maps and plan important life events around the possibility of the big dump. Our sport is weather dependent and prone to subtle changes in environmental conditions. If temps warm up midway through a storm, a perfect powder day … More »

Test 2015 – The Categories

 Ski Canada Test 2015 reports now online   BIG MOUNTAIN Like the name says—and beyond Our freeride category continues to test the limits, through the trees, under the ropes and more. Big Mountain skis are seen all over the mountain today and on all ages. Manoeuvrability and stability make them popular choices for tricky off-piste terrain … More »

The Best Test * Powder 2014

Ski Canada asked the guides at Mike Wiegele Heliskiing to take these fatties to work. It’s fairly difficult to pinpoint the exact moment in the history of skiing when the quest for powder became the holy grail of our sport. In the 1920s Ernest Hemingway, who was arguably the first powderhound, wrote inspired, poetic passages … More »

Ski Canada Test 2014 – Big Mountain

Like the name says—and beyond written by Erin Keam in Fall 2013 issue The lineup of big, wide, long skis designed to tame the mountain’s endless terrain beyond the groomers is only getting bigger and better. If you don’t yet have a pair, what are you waiting for? When the snow gets deeper and the … More »

Meet the Testers

Tester roster for the 2014 Test at Fernie Alpine Resort Test was conducted week of March 4, 2013 Rosters include bios for each tester and their top 3 highest scoring skis in each category. WOMEN MEN  Testers | Women WENDY ANDERSON Ht, Wt, Age: 5’2″, 115 lbs, 39 Style: Technical, Expert; CSIA III, CSCF II Started … More »

Ski Canada Test 2014 * Slalom

Precise, high-performance skis for short to medium turns The trend in skis lately seems to be leaning more toward the freeride side of the fence. We’re seeing wider profiles, more twintips and longer-radius geometry—essentially skis that are designed to be jacks-of-all-trades. Admittedly, not every skier will have a need for a modern slalom ski, still … More »

Turning Tricks

Ski Canada procured the services of Fernie’s best park rats to test some of this season’s hottest twintips. written by Ron Betts * twintips test co-ordinator Dylan Siggers * photos Henry Georgi * in Winter 2013 issue Don’t let your snowboarding buddies tell you they “saved” our sport by influencing us with terrain parks and later … More »